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Virginia has a wide variety of homes which are historic in nature, having been around for 100 years or more in some cases! Those who own these homes are often drawn to them for the idea of the history they’ve witnessed, as though they’re owning a piece of the past. Their old-time time charm is also certainly appealing for many.

However, they’re certainly no stranger to their own individual challenges. An older home may not have been designed with a central heating and cooling system in mind, and as such they’re not built to handle the installation of a duct network. Retrofitting ducts can be extremely expensive, require a major remodel, and place a huge disruption on your life. Not to mention doing so may cause you to sacrifice some of that appeal that made you love the home in the first place.

For these homes, a ductless heating and cooling system may be the perfect solution. On this blog, we’ll explain why.

They’re Cost-Effective

A ductless HVAC system is significantly cheaper than a central heating and cooling system, and that’s before you factor in the cost of installing a new duct network. Right away, you’re already saving thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. But the gap gets even greater when you consider that you won’t have to remodel your house to install a ductless HVAC system. You can place one of these units in every single unit of your home, and still have paid thousands less than the cost of retrofitting central heating and cooling. If you’re on a budget, these are by far the best choice.

Installation Is Easy

Installing a central heating and cooling system is immensely difficult. It requires running lines through your floor, installing heavy equipment both inside and out, and can take a couple days to complete. Not to mention it’ll involve some pretty serious disruption to your life. Installing a ductless heating and cooling system is nothing like that. The entire system can be installed in as little as a few hours and you’ll be up and running quickly. For ductless mini-split systems, all you’ll need is a small hole cut in your wall to allow electrical and refrigeration lines to reach your outdoor unit. That hole will be covered up with a discreet cover that seals it, ensuring quality heating and cooling without energy loss. And to make matters even easier, some systems can support up to four different rooms with one single outdoor unit!

They’re Energy-Efficient

A ductless heating and cooling system is significantly smaller than a central heating and cooling system, and that means they burn far less energy to operate. Plus, because they’re only designed to serve a smaller area, they’re actually even more effective than their larger counterparts at times. Plus, ductless systems give you the ability to turn off the units in the rooms you aren’t using. That means you’ll only pay to heat and cool the rooms where you need it at any given time, and that saves you a bundle on your energy costs.

If you own an older home, ask our Sterling heating and cooling experts if a ductless system is right for your needs! Call Donmar Heating, Cooling & Plumbing at (703) 457-8676 today to request an estimate.

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